A Promise is a Promise Paperback – May 1 1988
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About the Author
Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie's Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).
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This creature was invented much like others' hobgoblins, to frighten children into listening to their parents.
This version of an encounter with the Qallupilluit comes from Michael Kusugak, an Inuit man who was raised in the Arctic. He sent it to Robert Munsch, who had stayed with Kusugak's family while visiting Rankin Inlet in Canada's Northwest Territories.
The result is a dance with some of the greater truths that transcend all cultures. Alyssa A. Lappen
How <b>Vladyana</b> depicted numerous mythical creatures in motion, inside a small room, is befuddling. Never have I seen ice and sky hold so much colour. Snow scenes are familiar to me but these special vistas are very much this family’s milieu. Eldest daughter of five, <i>Allashua</i> is warned to visit a lake instead of the sea, because <i>Qallupilluit</i> lurk in its crevasses. How wonderful that they live at walking distance from both. I enjoyed the modern house, loving parents, and gorgeous Mother who couldn’t be more than forty-five years old. The <i>Qallupilluit</i> do strike and Mother addresses them from that nearby sea. My favourite illustration is of her so elegantly dancing, in modern dress, among feared creatures.
What most impressed upon me is the parents’ calmness. <i>Allashua</i> told them precisely what transpired. Unlike most tales, no secret was kept to avoid being scolded. Her parents were allies. They never shouted about a mistake or predicament. They lovingly brainstormed how they could solve it. They dried her after she fell through ice and coordinated an intelligent plan, to ward off dangerous mythical entities.
This story is a fable which teaches about Inuit culture while illustrating important psychological issues of trust, parental responsiblilty, and truth-telling. A savvy parent or therapist might well use this story as a starting point for a discussion of these issues. Or one can equally well just enjoy the story and pictures.
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In my opinion It is a scary story for children "human child, human child" is one of lines repeated throughout the book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by jives
I'm fascinated about this book. It contains 3 bits information.
#1. you can not break a promise
#2. stay away from the ocean
#3. have an adult supervising you. Read more